Everyone knows the story about Pavel Datsyuk.
If you don't, you have been living under a rock. I am not even going to catch you up on it if you don't know because honestly, you should know.
Steve Yzerman was destined to be one of the best NHLers of his time, but he was unfortunate to play in an era where Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux and Mark Messier dominated hockey headlines.
Pavel Datsyuk is kind of in the same boat because he is playing in an era where players, such as Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Alexander Ovechkin get the headlines.
However, one thing that keeps Pavel Datsyuk above the rest of those players is people know Pavel Datsyuk because of his hands.
Lttle do they know though, Hockeytown is actually home to the NHL's best player.
Call this homerism or biased, I really don't give a flying poop. Pavel Datsyuk is NHL's best player.
Datsyuk could have more points per season if he had a true goal scorer on his line. The Wings are made up of pass-first guys (unlike Damien Brunner) and Datsyuk is no different.
One of Datsyuk's most underrated games is his shooting.
He is more than capable of scoring at least 30 goals and going back to his hands, we all know if he had a sniper on his line, he would be capable of putting up at least 55 assists per year.
Datsyuk is more than capable of being a point per game player every season.
One thing that Datsyuk does that the Crosby's, Ovechkin's and Malkin's of the NHL can't really do is that its a fact that Datsyuk makes who ever he plays with better.
And thats just on the offensive side of his game.
Malkin and Ovechkin don't know what defense is and Crosby, well, is good defensively but to me, slightly overrated in that aspect.
Datsyuk is not.
Datsyuk is like having a third forward on the ice and a third defenseman at the same time.
There really aren't many players that have the same level of skill as Datsyuk.
Take this as you want, but in my personal opinion, Hockeytown is home to the greatest player in the NHL right now.
Not bad for a 6th rounder.